FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2011
Solid Waste Division Earth Day Awards
Toni Fuller, 360-337-4472
Surface and Stormwater Program Clean Water Partner Awards
Pat Kirschbaum, 360-307-4278
Kitsap County Announces Earth Day and Clean Water Partner Award Winners
(Port Orchard, WA) The annual Earth Day Awards
presentation will take place at 7 pm on April 25th at the Board of
County Commissioners regular televised meeting at the Kitsap County
Administration Building in Port Orchard. There will be a reception
immediately following the presentation in the Administration Building’s
main lobby. The press is invited to meet this year’s award winners.
Solid Waste Division-2011 Earth Day Awards
The 2011 Earth Day awards are presented to individual citizens,
organizations, schools, and businesses for their innovative
environmental programs or projects. Nominations were sought for
exemplary environmental leadership qualities in programs or projects
emphasizing hazardous waste management, environmental leadership,
recycling, and environmental education.
The awards selection committee chose the following outstanding
achievers, who make a difference with their choices and lead the way as
they make others aware of environmental issues.
Best Hazardous Waste Program: Naval Hospital Bremerton
Facilities Management, Environmental Division
Three significant programs having direct impacts on the environment and
Kitsap County have been developed by the Naval Hospital Bremerton
Facilities Management Department, Environmental Division. The
pharmaceutical waste program has more than doubled its effective waste
capturing efforts. The energy conservation program is a cost-savings
measure and required extensive investigation and review of processes.
The mercury reduction program reduced human risk and environmental
impacts. The energy conservation and mercury reduction programs are both
being nationally recognized for their scope and impact. Cooperation and
commitment was required throughout the active military, civilian,
reserve, and Department of Defense contractors. Education about the
programs was highlighted in local publications, through the public
affairs office, and at public events. Their initiatives have promoted
environmental stewardship throughout the region. These accomplishments
are in addition to their comprehensive waste reduction and recycling
Excellence in Environmental Leadership: Group Health
Providing an environmentally sound management option for expired
medications, where few others currently exist, Group Health Cooperative
maintains a medicine take-back program at all of its Kitsap County
pharmacies. Group Health has stepped up to the plate to fill this need
while a product stewardship take-back program is under consideration.
Because of these efforts, fewer medicines make their way into wastewater
treatment systems and Puget Sound, or are disposed of as trash, where
they could dissolve in a landfill’s leachate. Old medicines are also
endangering our children through accidental poisoning and abuse. Through
Group Health’s excellent partnership between facilities, clinical
operations, and pharmacies, their efforts have safely destroyed over
50,000 pounds of unwanted medications.
Excellence in Recycling: All Shred/Peninsula Services
All Shred is Kitsap County's only local secure document destruction
company, providing numerous business and organizations with data
security compliance services. All Shred is also part of E-Cycle
Washington, providing free disposal of end-of-life computers, TV's,
monitors, and laptops. A division of Peninsula Services, who trains and
employs individuals with disabilities, they are not only an
environmentally important business in the community, but provide
meaningful work to individuals that otherwise may not have employment.
By recycling shredded paper and old electronics, they have saved over
2,000 trees and 500,000 pounds of E-waste. All Shred also routinely
speaks to schools, chambers of commerce and civic clubs on the
importance of recycling responsibly.
Partners in Environmental Education: Olympic College Student
Program and Leadership Development
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for
colleges and universities to promote waste reduction activities. Over a
10-week period, the Olympic College Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Shelton
campuses completed their first year in the competition. The event
coordinators were a team of student organizers: members of the student
run Environmental Club, the Sustainability Advisory Council and the
Student Programs and Leadership Development staff. Students designed and
distributed marketing materials, and presented prizes and awards to the
students caught “recycling it right”. Placing 18th out of 140
participants, students generated 18.69 pounds of recyclables per person,
and had a weekly recycling rate of 34.52%. Kim McNamara, the Dean of
Student Development said, "RecycleMania is a great way for students to
help inspire and motivate others to recycle. This competition makes it
fun for all our students to learn about recycling and nurture the spirit
of community volunteerism".
Waste Wi$e Kitsap: Kitsap County Auditor’s Office
The Waste Wi$e Kitsap award is given to an individual, department or a
committee for exemplary in-house waste reduction and recycling efforts.
Working together with Information Services and the Commissioner’s staff,
the Auditor’s Office has achieved paper reduction goals through the use
of electronic timecards, leave requests and paystubs. As they continue
their efforts, electronic signatures and filing of Commissioner’s
minutes, ordinances, resolutions an
contracts will be added to the list. Also, research is being done on
electronic vouchers, invoices, and payroll registers. They were one of
the first departments to reserve disk space by utilizing Sharepoint.
Auditor Walt Washington, department Waste Wi$e Coordinator Anna
Wilderbuer, and the entire staff have and will continue to set the bar
for preserving resources and preventing waste in Kitsap County.
Surface and Stormwater Management Program-2011 Clean Water
The Kitsap County Clean Water Partner Awards are given to Kitsap
citizens, community groups and businesses that have partnered with the
Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management Program to improve local
water quality. The agencies funded through the program are Kitsap County
Public Works, Kitsap County Health District, Kitsap Conservation
District, WSU Extension Kitsap, and Kitsap County Department of
Community Development. Each
agency has chosen a recipient based on their participation and
cooperation with that agency’s responsibilities in relation to water
Business Stormwater Management: Roadhouse Nursery
This award recognizes the owner or operator of a business in
unincorporated Kitsap County for implementing and/or supporting
innovative practices resulting in clean runoff.
This year’s recipients are Jan and George Bahr from Roadhouse Nursery in
Poulsbo. Over the past several years, rain gardens have become a more
accepted option for dealing with stormwater runoff. Rain gardens give us
the ability to mimic nature by treating stormwater and putting it back
in the ground. Jan and George were at the forefront of rain garden
installation, creating one at Roadhouse Nursery even before local
incentive programs began. They have been an invaluable resource to the
Kitsap Conservation District, WSU Kitsap Extension, the county and local
cities in encouraging the installation of rain gardens. They have worked
to track down appropriate plants for the rain gardens and have devoted
much time to education of citizens.
Residential Property Stormwater, WSU and KCD:
Kitsap Conservation District and WSU Extension Kitsap recognize a
citizen or group of citizens in unincorporated Kitsap County for
excellence and/or innovation in managing private property stormwater for
the public good.
Kristine Strand owns Frog Farm in Poulsbo. Concerned about the effect
farm runoff might have on Dog Fish Creek, she installed a rain garden
near her barn and horse paddock. The rain garden collects runoff from
almost 1,000 square feet of impervious surface from the barn and paddock
area, helping to improve the quality of runoff entering Dogfish Creek
and eventually Liberty Bay. The rain garden not only serves as a
functional stormwater runoff feature, but is also a wonderful addition
to the farm landscape. The Kitsap Conservation District and WSU
Extension Kitsap would like to recognize Kristine Strand of Frog Farm in
Septic System Repair: Nathan Cleaver
Septic Design, Inc.
Kitsap County Health District recognizes an individual or business that
exemplifies the responsibility and the commitment to protecting public
and environmental health of Kitsap County surface and ground waters from
contamination by failing septic systems.
This year’s recipient is Nathan Cleaver from Nathan Cleaver Septic
Design, Inc,. Nathan is a local onsite sewage system designer and
installer. Last year, Health District staff identified a failing septic
system on a property very close to Dogfish Creek. The homeowner was
willing and interested in making repairs, but financing the repairs was
a real challenge. Nathan stepped up and essentially donated both the
time and the materials necessary to install a new onsite sewage system.
Without his assistance, the owner would not have been able to complete
the repair and the water quality of Dogfish Creek would have continued
to be impacted.
Agriculture, KCD: Aspen Falls Farm
The award from Kitsap Conservation District is given to the owner of a
farm in unincorporated Kitsap County which demonstrates excellence in
land conservation and sustainable farming.
William and Kathleen Urban own and manage Aspen Falls Farm, 64 acres off
Hansville Road near Kingston. Grover’s Creek, a salmon stream, and an
associated tributary flow through the property. Approximately 25 acres
is used for agricultural purposes, and the remainder is used for
forestry and wildlife. They raise Tennessee Walker horses and have been
implementing their 2008 Farm Conservation Plan to meet forage needs of
livestock, protect fish and wildlife habitat, and protect water quality.
Among the many planned practices they have implemented, the Urbans have
installed fencing to exclude livestock from streams and ponds and to
accommodate rotational grazing of pastures; confined animals to dry,
upland areas and buildings during the rainy season to protect pastures;
stored and composted manure to minimize impact on water quality; tested
the soil and applied manure to fields for fertilizer; and have removed
invasive vegetation and planted native trees and shrubs for a stream
William and Kathleen have an exemplary conservation ethic and have
conscientiously used their own funds to implement their plan. The Kitsap
Conservation District has selected William and Kathleen Urban for the
Clean Water Partner Award for Agriculture for 2011.